Warwick star feels heat in WBBL finals race
CRICKET: Warwick's Delissa Kimmince gripped the bat as she stepped up to the crease on Sunday.
It was just before the eighth over in Brisbane Heat's Twenty20 match against Sydney Thunder when news filtered across that Perth Scorchers had defeated Melbourne Renegades.
That meant Heat needed to make some fast runs against Thunder in order to overtake Adelaide Strikers for fourth spot.
"Getting told you have to go at 10s an over does put pressure on you,” Kimmince said.
"You do get a little bit tense... then you try to swing harder and end up getting out. If we had 20 overs to bat like a normal game we would have been alright.”
But Heat needed to win the match by the 17th over.
They looked in control in the 14th over with 4-91.
But a collapse in the middle order while pursuing a run rate boost made way for Thunder to nab a WBBL finals spot with a nail-biting two-run win.
"Even if we did win in that 17th over we still wouldn't have been able to make it on run rates,” Kimmince said.
"We still would have had the same feeling in the dressing room but at least we had a crack.”
Kimmince said the team were disappointed to finish the WBBL season with a loss but were happy to go out with some good cricket.
They will now enjoy a week off before preparations for the one-day games ramps up again.